Grzywinski+Pons the force behind The Nolitan Hotel

Design firm Grzywinski+Pons showcased The Nolitan Hotel. Located in New York, N.Y., the property is a 55-room boutique property that features a restaurant and a roof deck. The building, interiors, restaurant and rooftop were designed by Grzywinski+Pons, with the property’s design team involving Matthew Grzywinski and Amador Pons.

The lot where the property is located a trapezoid offering a lot of facade and exposure, which Grzywinski+Pons saw as an opportunity to be exploited, though it reduced the potential reading of the northern facade as an outsize bulk so it can bifurcate the building into an eastern and western volume. While each part is clad in the same family of materials and fused at grade with a contiguous ground floor, there is enough of a break to address the scale of the building. This division of the mass also allowed the firm to address the narrowing site with a realignment of the corridor and guestrooms, thereby yielding more space, as well as allowing the firm to put loggias on all the rooms in the western half.


Since The Nolitan is located on the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets in downtown Manhattan, the firm wanted for the property to act as architectural connective tissue joining the northern and southern parts of the district. Grzywinski+Pons played with a section of the ground floor, dropping a portion of the lounge two feet below the street level, leaving portions of both the restaurant and reception to be developed at double height. This way, view of the street and its vehicular traffic was abstracted. A ceramic frit to the glass was also added.

The property’s exterior is comprised largely of terraced terra cotta shingles, exposed concrete, glass and wood. Some of the same materials were similarly used to the interiors, particularly European Oak floors, exposed concrete, ceramic tile, leather, felt, and blackened steel.

Photographs by Floto + Warner/OTTO


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